The wonderful world of book collecting
I have been collecting old and sometimes rare Hebrew books ever since I was a young teen.
The book that travelled halfway around the world.
Several years ago i decided to do a search on the internet for more information on an obscure Rabbi named Yonah Mordechai Zlotnik of Zakracyn, Poland. I had several of his books in my possesion and was curious to learn more about the man. I found mention of him on a family website maintained by his grand-niece and I wrote to her.
She turned out to a typical Ashkenazy middle-aged Israeli woman,living in yuppy Neve Sharett. When I went to Israel later that year, I gave her the book which she was very thankful for.
I have since gotten "acquainted" with the previous owners of some of my other books. It's been an exciting journey so far and I've learned alot.
One of the the books in my collection belonged to a Rabbi Yehoshua Halevi Hershorn of Montreal, Canada.
I did a search on him and found a link to his work of reponsa here
Ah.. the wonders of book collecting and the internet...